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Wage and Overtime Attorney Chicago

Wage and Overtime Attorney Chicago

Having a well-paying job is a necessity nowadays, but employment can be complicated. Your employer may be unaware of the latest employment laws since they vary from state to state. As an employee, you want to be paid a fair, legal wage on time. Your employer should know about required breaks, lunches, and wages, as well as minimum wage and overtime laws. At the same time, you should get properly paid for all work performed. This does not always happen, though. 

Your employer may have a faulty timekeeping system. They may not allow you to take breaks or argue with you about overtime pay.

Do not ignore these issues if they are happening to you. Get an advocate on your side. Mitchell A. Kline is a wage and overtime attorney in Chicago who can assess your situation and make sure you are receiving the pay you deserve under the law.

Common Types of Employment Disputes

Here are some common disputes that employees have with their employers:

  • Misclassification of employees. Classification of workers means different rights. An independent contractor, for example, has fewer rights than a full-time employee. Therefore, an employer may illegally classify employees as such to avoid paying overtime and workers’ compensation.
  • Disagreements about tips and commissions. Employers often withhold tips or commissions from employees who have earned them. Make sure you keep your employment contracts for this very reason. 
  • Withheld wages. It is illegal for your boss to withhold wages from you for any reason, whether it be for retaliation, discrimination, or some other form of punishment. You must be paid for work you performed—period. There are no excuses or exceptions. 

Wage and Hour Laws in Illinois

Wage and hour laws vary from state to state, which is why they can be so confusing. The minimum wage in Illinois is $12 an hour for those 18 and older. Those under age 18 may be paid at the rate of $9.25 per hour if they work under 650 hours in a calendar year. Once they exceed 650 hours, though, they must be paid at the normal rate of $12 per hour.  The rules are different for tipped employees.

You are entitled to pay at 1.5 times your regular rate of pay if you work more than 40 hours in a workweek. However, some professions are exempt from overtime pay, such as salesmen and mechanics, those who work in agricultural labor, commissioned employees, employees of certain educational or residential child care institutions, and those working in executive or administrative functions.

Contact Us Today

You work hard for your money. Make sure you get the pay you have agreed on and are entitled to receive under Illinois law.

Get paid for every penny you earn. Contact a wage and overtime attorney in Chicago today. The Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline can resolve your pay issues. Schedule a free consultation by calling (312) 558-1454 or filling out the online form.